New on Kindle: Major Catchup Part 3 (aka, Hello Pyr Edition)

Just a little bit, before bed. Lot more tabs to go.

Oh, this may as well be called the Pyr edition. Welcome them and their (current) tally of 10 books in the Kindle store!

Silver Screen by Justina Robson

Buy: Kindle Store

Someone decided to Upload™ himself illegally after his death. Also, how do you have sex with a cyborg boyfriend?

This is an oldie—from 1999 in the UK, finally appearing in the US theatre. You can also find her 2004 critically acclaimed novel in the Kindle store, Natural History.

Mappa Mundi by Justina Robson

Buy: Kindle Store

Mind alteration, mind control, moral dilemmas, and short-listed for the 2001 Arthur C. Clarke award.

River of Gods by Ian Mcdonald

Buy: Kindle Store

From the writer who brought you Brasyl (not yet available in the Kindle store) comes its precursor, River of Gods, bringing a future India to life.

I’ve been waiting for this one for a long, long time.

Infoquake (v. 1) by David Louis Edelman

Buy: Kindle Store

The first two books of Edelman’s debut Jump 225 trilogy are now available in the Kindle store. The second book, MultiReal, also makes its first showing in the Kindle store today.

Starship: Pirate by Mike Resnick

Buy: Kindle Store

Well, we have book two of the Starship series, but no book one (Starship: Mutiny) in the Kindle store yet. Military SF opera.

I never feel comfortable starting smack in the middle of that type of series.

Fast Forward 1: Future Fiction from the Cutting Edge edited by Lou Anders

Buy: Kindle Store

Now this anthology I’ve been waiting for as well! Nineteen stories of—well, the title covers it all—edited by Lou Anders!

Includes stories by Robert Charles Wilson, Justina Robson, Paolo Bacigalupi, Robyn Hitchcock, Kage Baker, Tony Ballantyne, Elizabeth Bear, Stephen Baxter, A. M. Dellamonica, Larry Niven with Brenda Cooper, Louise Marley, Ken MacLeod, Mike Resnick with Nancy Kress, Ian McDonald, Pamela Sargent, Mary A. Turzillo, George Zebrowski, Gene Wolfe, John Meaney, and Paul Di Filippo.

Stalking the Vampire: A Fable of Tonight by Mike Resnick

Buy: Kindle Store

File this under humorous paranormal investigator fantasy, the sequel to Stalking the Unicorn: A Fable of Tonight (also available in the Kindle store).

No Stalking the Dragon yet, though, but there’s plenty of time.

Going Under by Justina Robson

Buy: Kindle Store

The third book in the Quantum Gravity series. The first two (Keeping it Real and Selling Out) are not yet available.

Cyborg Action Girl is tossed into political intrigue and dangerous byplay between elves and demons.

Blood of Ambrose by James Enge

Buy: Kindle Store

Dave Freer comments, “A powerful obsessive dynastic fantasy with clever shades of Arthurian mythos.” And I definitely can’t do better than that. For those looking for a series, this is a stand-alone debut novel.

Mind you, authors and publishers sometimes go back on their word….

Kindle-licious on Tor.com: Review of Elizabeth Bear's All the Windwracked Stars

Yes, another one, reviewing the book and also the Kindle formatting, both of which happened to be very good:

As the world dies: All the Windwracked Stars

Buy in the Kindle store:

http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=spontaneous-derivation-20&o=1&p=8&l=as1&asins=B001KOTWYU&md=10FE9736YVPPT7A0FBG2&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=FFFFFF&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr&npa=1

Kindle-licious on Tor.com: Review of Elizabeth Bear’s All the Windwracked Stars

Yes, another one, reviewing the book and also the Kindle formatting, both of which happened to be very good:

As the world dies: All the Windwracked Stars

Buy in the Kindle store:

http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=spontaneous-derivation-20&o=1&p=8&l=as1&asins=B001KOTWYU&md=10FE9736YVPPT7A0FBG2&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=FFFFFF&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr&npa=1

New on Kindle: Ace, Daw, Pyr(ish), Roc, and Tor for October 28th – November 7th

It’s not just the end of the previous month/start of this month. It’s also the coming holidays. Thus I’m breaking up the New on Kindle lists by groups of publishers, starting with all the ones with three letters in their imprint name. This is surprisingly many. (Eos is not covered, because it’s grouped under the parent publisher HarperCollins in the Kindle store.)

All the Windwracked Stars by Elizabeth Bear

Buy: 9.99

I have more or less a total mythopoeic reader crush on Elizabeth Bear. I also love her weird blend of fantasy/sci-fi. This one promises Norse gods and apocalyptic cyberpunk. I mean, what more can you ask for?

V: The Original Miniseries by Kenneth Johnson and A. C. Crispin

Buy: 9.99

The original V mini-series is back in print. Most people welcome the new alien tyrannical overlords with Hitler complexes, but not a small band of resistance fighters.

V: The Second Generation is also available on Kindle, but reviews seem more mixed.

An Autumn War by Daniel Abraham

Buy: 15.42

For those of you who remember A Shadow in Summer from the Tor free eBooks bonanza, its sequel An Autumn War is now available.

Fortune and Fate by Sharon Shinn

Buy: 9.99

The latest book in the Twelve Houses fantasy series. Dark Moon Defender and Reader and Raelynx, the two books preceding Fortune and Fate, are also available on the Kindle (although not the rest of the series).

Deryni Rising by Katherine Kurtz

Buy: 1.95

Yes, $1.95 as of this writing! This is the first book in the first cycle of the Deryni series, published back in 1970. Another book in the first cycle, High Deryni, is also available.

For a more recent (and standalone) novel set in the same world, see King Nelson’s Bride.

Kris Longknife: Intrepid by Mike Shepherd

Buy: 6.39

Space opera with a strong female protagonist. Part of series, you can find other books in the Kris Longknife series in the Kindle store.

The Clone Elite by Steven L. Kent

Buy: 6.39

The latest in the Clone series, preceded by The Clone Republic and The Clone Alliance. This series is only missing Rogue Clone (the second book) in the Kindle store.

Dragon Blood by Patricia Briggs

Buy: 6.39

Part of a duology, the first book, Dragon Bones, is also available for the Kindle.

The Flame and the Shadow by Denise Rossetti

Buy: 9.99

A paranormal romance set in a fantasy world (as opposed to urban fantasy) involving a demon-plagued dark sorcerer and a fire witch.

The Devil’s Eye by Jack McDevitt

Buy: 9.99

The fourth book in the far-future mystery Alex Benedict series, fresh off the presses (so to speak). The second and third books, Polaris and Seeker, are also available on the Kindle.

Bloodring by Faith Hunter

Buy: 5.59

Post-apocalyptic ice age fantasy where a mage named Thorn St. Croix must locate her abducted ex-husband in a world of Seraph-controlled government and constant war with Hell. The third book in the series, Host, is also available.

Magic to the Bone by Devon Monk

Buy: 5.59

Debut paranormal urban fantasy set in a parallel Portland, Oregon.

The Black Ship by Diana Pharaoh Francis

Buy: 6.39

The second book in a high seas fantasy series, of which Cipher is the first.

Heir to Sevenwaters by Juliet Marillier

Buy: 9.99

Part of the world of the Sevenwaters trilogy, including Daughter of the Forest, Son of the Shadows, and Child of the Prophecy. And yes, BINGO! All are available on the Kindle.

Better Off Undead by Martin H. Greenberg

Buy: 6.39

Greenberg is the master of the science fiction and fantasy themed anthology ranging across all kinds of fictional temperaments, and this time it’s being undead—and loving it!

Green Rider by Kristen Britain

Buy: 7.99

She flunked out of dueling school, but comes across a murdered Green Rider, one of the emissaries who cross the land with horses and magic to carry important messages, like horrible fae invasions about to spread across the land. Karigan takes it upon herself to deliver the message instead—and of course much danger and intrigue follows.

The Golden Tower by Fiona Patton

Buy: 9.99

Second book in the Warriors of Estonia fantasy series set in the magical city of Anavatan, where the Gods walk among men. This sort of thing almost never bodes well for characters in books, but it does bode for interesting times for the reader.

Cybermancy Incorporated by Chris Roberson

Buy: 3.99

The roots of the Bonaventure and Carmody families in two novellas and a series of short stories, characters often mentioned in Roberson’s other novels (which are published by Pyr). Long out of print, now revived on the Kindle and extremely enthusiastically recommended by Michael Moorcock.

Kindle-licious: Dust

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Back in 2006 (April 26th, to be exact) Elizabeth Bear’s Amazon author blog casually mentioned

However, I do have an idea for a really cool space opera kind of thing, revolving around a vast generation ship in which a breakdown of the command structure has occurred. Somewhere between Gormenghast in space, and Upstairs-Downstairs with laser guns.

In other words, ladies and gentlemen: do not walk into this book with any preconceived notions of what a fantasy book should be like, nor what a science fiction book should be like, nor what you may think a science fiction/fantasy book should be like. It helps if you’re familiar with Gormenghast, or perhaps China Miéville‘s work, for this is as much a book about discovery and re-orientating your views of the world as it is about a quest in a gigantic generation starship where civilization has collapsed back into the feudal ages—with its transhuman tech intact.

Ah, transhumanism. In the wrong hands—that is to say, a lot of science fiction books—it becomes magic in science fiction land. But suppose we let it be magic in SF land, rather than trying to explain it away with much hand-waving and pseudo-techno yammering, which is rather useless in the big picture—for transhuman fiction is, if anything, about how it transforms, or does not transform, the human experience. Anything else easily descends into gibberish, not seeing the forest for the trees.

The transhuman technology in Dust is at the level of nanotechnology (another magic incantation out of place in much “hard” SF), where humans and things can be “infected” with “colonies” that repair flesh quickly, enable changes in speed and strength, which is sort of standard, except Dust adds an additional factor with the idea that these little “colonies” can also carry intelligence separately from the fragile tissue of the brain. In other words, things—like Perceval’s nanomesh replacement wings—can begin to harbor intelligence along with transmutability; and intelligence can be passed from person to person through transferring colonies. Like through cannibalism (although this is definitely off-screen and not portrayed graphically).

In fact, there is an intelligent being that mutated over the passing years of this dark age from a laser carpentry hand tool into a sentient “cockatrice”, fitting because its laser eyes are not things you want looking at you if you value your health.

The “nobles” of this strange world, aka the Exalt, are the infectees of the colonies. The rest of the people are not, and are simply normal human beings (this is the Upstairs, Downstairs aspect of the world of Dust). And the Exalt hold the keys to moving the generation ship, Jacob’s Ladder, out of harm’s way when the dwarf star of the solar system it inhabits is about to go nuclear. ((Okay, okay, explode. Whatever. Go nuclear is more fun.)) Unfortunately, there’s political intrigue and quite a lot of infighting between the lands of “Rule” (command) and “Engine” (engineers) and of course the whole collapsed-back-into-the-feudal-ages thing, that’s keeping back progress to a solution.

I find most fascinating, however—and this is just the kind of person I am—the “angels” of Dust. They rank from the less powerful, maybe spirit guides, to the ranks of what we would term seraphim. And yet these are not angels—they’re intelligent programs that run portions of the ship, struck off into separate beings when the ship was damaged long ago. These beings are also involved in their own political intrigues, trying to merge the various separate intelligences back into one that can care for the entire ship—but of course, each individual intelligence wants to end up on top. Thus you have Jacob Dust (the archives of literature and history), Samael (life support systems, who can taketh life away and thus is also the angel of death), and Asrafil (propulsion, and also the angel of blades, and quite nasty).

The main characters who find themselves being manipulated by the angels are Perceval and Rien, and also Gavin the cockatrice mentioned above, and these form a wonderful quest group that gradually gains people as it rolls along, as quest groups usually do. This is the most “fantasy”-like element of the book; everything else is science-fictional fantasy, or perhaps fantastical science-fiction.

Dust is not an incredibly long book, but the concepts and world-building that it covers are enormous, as the length of this article in comparison to other Kindle-licious reviews attests to. I found the book fun but also disorientating—which can be fun if you go with the flow. Of course, I also am very fond of Brasyl, though Dust is nowhere near as difficult a read.

Dust is part of the Jacob’s Ladder trilogy; the next book is Chill.

Linkage:

New on Kindle: August 26th thru September 2nd

Note:
This is going to be a little long, as I’ve neglected to do these little columns for a while. Also, I’ve discovered how to filter by publisher on Amazon.com, and have been picking through the non-imprint publishers (like HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster) for SF/F books. This results in finds like Kelley Armstrong’s The Summoning and a lot of SF/F Young Adult books (which are not being filed in SF/F).

And also: my gods, HarperCollins, you pump books through whatever eBook machine you have going like mad, mad people.

Inferno by Larry Niven

Buy: 9.99

Too Many Curses by A. Lee Martinez

Buy: $9.99

The Bell at Sealey Head by Patricia A. McKillip

Buy: $9.99

God Emperor of Dune by Frank Herbert

Buy: $7.99

Break of Dawn by Chris Marie Green

Buy: $9.99

The Ferryman by Christopher Golden

Buy: $9.99

The Scourge of God by S.M. Stirling

Buy: $14.87

The Sunrise Lands by S.M. Stirling

Buy: $6.39

Imaginary Friends by John Marco

Buy: 6.39

Legacy by Jeanne C. Stein

Buy: 6.39

Wanderlust by Ann Aguirre

Buy: 6.39

Hell and Earth by Elizabeth Bear

Buy: 9.99

Bound by Light: A Novel of the Dark Crescent Sisterhood by Anna Windsor

Buy: 5.59

Helfort’s War Book 2: The Battle of the Hammer Worlds by Graham Sharp Paul

Buy: 5.59

Pandemonium by Daryl Gregory

Buy: 8.00

Genesis of Shannara: The Gypsy Moth by Terry Brooks

Buy: 9.99

Araminta Spookie series by Angie Sage

1: My Haunted House, 2: The Sword in the Grotto
3: Frognapped, 4: Vampire Brat
5: Ghost Sitters

Buy: 3.19 to 5.59 each

Nightmare Academy #2: Monster Madness by Dean Lorey

Buy: 7.19

The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong

Buy: 9.99

The Supernatural Book of Monsters, Spirits, Demons, and Ghouls by Alex Irvine

Buy: 9.56

Supernatural: Bone Key by Keith R.A. DeCandido

Buy: 6.39

Supernatural: Nevermore by Keith R.A. DeCandido

Buy: 6.39

Supernatural: Witch’s Canyon by Jeff Mariotte

Buy: 6.39

If There Be Dragons by Kay Hooper

Buy: 5.59

When All Seems Lost: A Novel of the Legion of the Damned by William C. Dietz

Buy: 6.39

The Soldier King: A Novel of Dhulyn and Parno by Violette Malan

Buy: 9.99

Star Trek: Enterprise: Kobayashi Maru by Michael A. Martin and Andy Mangels

Buy: 6.39

Rogue Angel: The Golden Elephant by Alex Archer

Buy: 5.04

Kindle-licious: Blood and Iron

There’s an age-old feud between the land of Faerie and our world. This is nothing new; the fey are capricious, stealing children, stealing minds—and of course, there’s the danger of the wild hunt. But humans haven’t been idle these long years, either: iron, both literally and metaphorically, have been laid down by the Prometheans, an organization of magi, to keep the wild things at bay.

The time of Elizabeth Bear’s Blood and Iron is the 21st century, and the city of New York becomes the center of a war between the magic of the fading Faerie kingdoms and the rising Promethean circle, touched off by the reincarnation of Merlin.

The story of Blood and Iron is very much the story of Elaine, stolen away years ago, and enslaved to one of the queens of faerie as a Seeker, hunting other humans for her queen. It’s an amazing and humbling and magical journey, and turns smartly against the traditional portrayals of the struggle between Faerie and the human world, werewolves, and the legend of King Arthur.

Elaine’s opposite number—the Promethean magus Matthew—seeks to rescue her and bring vengeance down on all of Faerie for what they’ve done to his brother; but for all that, his story is mostly significant in how it plays off Elaine’s. Don’t worry; Whiskey and Water, the second book, completes the set with a turning focus on Matthew.

Although at this moment, Whiskey and Water is not up in the offerings for the Kindle Store, which is a shame. I love this book, but would love it more if I had its sibling. It’s really one half of a glorious modern fairy tale with all the trimmings. Still, Blood and Iron is an enjoyable half. But I’d like some whiskey to go with it.

2008 Hugo and Campbell Award Winners!

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Congratulations to all the winners!

(I really like the Hugo Award statuette this year. It’s actually quite big, but really pretty. It’s the black wood and stars, I think.)

You can find the list of winners at the official Hugo site, and also at Tor.com.

Cheryl Morgan and John Joseph Adams live-blogged the Awards ceremony itself. Bring me the URL of whoever has the video and is posting it to YouTube.

In the meantime, I’m reprising the information from my 2008 Hugo Awards Countdown and the related novel thoughts series for the winning entries here, along with a new and pretty cool link for the Best Novel, The Yiddish Policeman’s Union.

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Tideline – Elizabeth Bear

Excerpt

They would have called her salvage, if there were anyone left to salvage her. But she was the last of the war machines, a three-legged oblate teardrop as big as a main battle tank, two big grabs and one fine manipulator folded like a spider’s palps beneath the turreted head that finished her pointed end, her polyceramic armor spiderwebbed like shatterproof glass. Unhelmed by her remote masters, she limped along the beach, dragging one fused limb. She was nearly derelict.

The beach was where she met Belvedere.

Hard Copy
Asimov’s June 2007
Electronic Copy
http://www.elizabethbear.com/tideline.html
Author Website

http://www.elizabethbear.com/
Blog
Excerpt from latest post, I did not go to school today…

I was talking with another friend last night about the single worst stage of trying to break into print. It’s the “there’s nothing wrong with this story but I’m not going to buy it” stage. (Actual words (or a paraphrase thereof) from an actual rejection letter written by [info]ellen_datlow to me, circa 2004.) It’s the stage where you’re competent, but you haven’t yet found your voice. The snap isn’t quite there, the pop, the narrative drive. It’s the garage-band stage.

http://matociquala.livejournal.com/

Excerpt

O MIGHTY CALIPH AND Commander of the Faithful, I am humbled to be in the splendor of your presence; a man can hope for no greater blessing as long as he lives. The story I have to tell is truly a strange one, and were the entirety to be tattooed at the corner of one’s eye, the marvel of its presentation would not exceed that of the events recounted, for it is a warning to those who would be warned and a lesson to those who would learn.

My name is Fuwaad ibn Abbas, and I was born here in Baghdad, City of Peace. My father was a grain merchant, but for much of my life I have worked as a purveyor of fine fabrics, trading in silk from Damascus and linen from Egypt and scarves from Morocco that are embroidered with gold. I was prosperous, but my heart was troubled, and neither the purchase of luxuries nor the giving of alms was able to soothe it. Now I stand before you without a single dirham in my purse, but I am at peace.

Hard Copy
Subterranean Press
F&SF Sept 2007

Electronic Copy
http://www.sfsite.com/fsf/fiction/tc01.htm
Wikipedia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ted_Chiang
All Seated on the Ground – Connie Willis

Excerpt

I’d always said that if and when the aliens actually landed, it would be a let-down. I mean, after War of the Worlds, Close Encounters, and E.T., there was no way they could live up to the image in the public’s mind, good or bad.

I’d also said that they would look nothing like the aliens of the movies, and that they would not have come to A) kill us, B) take over our planet and enslave us, C) save us from ourselves à la The Day the Earth Stood Still, or D) have sex with Earthwomen. I mean, I realize it’s hard to find someone nice, but would aliens really come thousands of light-years just to find a date? Plus, it seemed just as likely they’d be attracted to wart hogs. Or yucca. Or air-conditioning units.

I’ve also always thought A) and B) were highly unlikely since imperialist invader types would probably be too busy invading their next-door neighbors and being invaded by other invader types to have time to go after an out-of-the-way place like Earth, and as to C), I’m wary of people or aliens who say they’ve come to save you, as witness Reverend Thresher. And it seemed to me that aliens who were capable of building the spaceships necessary to cross all those light-years would necessarily have complex civilizations and therefore motives for coming more compliated than merely incinerating Washington or phoning home.

What had never occurred to me was that the aliens would arrive, and we still wouldn’t know what those motives were after almost nine months of talking to them.

Hard Copy
Asimov’s Dec. 2007;
Subterranean Press
Electronic Copy
http://www.asimovs.com/_issue_0805/allseated.shtml
Author Website

http://www.sftv.org/cw/

Writers:
Jane Goldman, Matthew Vaughn, based on the novel by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Charles Vess
Director:
Matthew Vaughn
Studio:
Paramount Pictures
Official Website:
http://www.stardustmovie.com/
Video Clips:
http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/1809426615/trailer

Writer:
Stephen Moffat
Director:
Hettie Macdonald
Studio:
BBC
Official Website:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho/episodes/2007/310.shtml
Hard Copy
at Amazon.com; Oxford University Press
Author Website and Blog
Excerpt from post The lexicographer responds to his critics, or, A defense of fanspeak:

Several reviewers have commented, in less than glowing terms, on my inclusion of fannish words in Brave New Words. (It’s also worth noting that some reviewers liked the fannish entries. I wonder, but have no way to really determine this, if the response has anything to do with the relative fannishness of the reviewer.) Generally speaking, one of the main things people like to do with dictionaries is complain about words that aren’t included that they think should be, or about words that are included that they think shouldn’t be.

http://jeffprucher.com/

David G. Hartwell – Tor/Forge
Senior Editor

david-g-hartwell Sampling of Books in 2007

rollback Rollback
Robert J. Sawyer
2008 Hugo Nominee
gods-and-pawns Gods and Pawns

Kage Baker
★★★★★

book-of-joby Book of Joby
Mark J. Ferrari
★★★★½

SF Editor Watch Page
http://www.sfeditorwatch.com/index.php/David_G._Hartwell
Website/Blog
david-g-hartwell
http://www.davidghartwell.com/

gordon-van-gelder Magazines

fsf The Magazines of Fantasy & Science Fiction

SF Editor Watch Page
http://www.sfeditorwatch.com/index.php/Gordon_van_Gelder
Wikipedia
gordon-van-gelder
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gordon_Van_Gelder

Sample Art from 2007

brasyl2 Brasyl
Ian McDonald
mainspring Mainspring
Jay Lake
dragons-of-babel The Dragons of Babel
Michael Swanwick
Website
stephan-martiniere-site
http://www.martiniere.com/
Locus
– Charles N. Brown
– Kirsten Gong-Wong
– Liza Groen Trombi
Website
locus-online-science-fiction-news-reviews-resources-perspectives-20080701
http://www.locusmag.com/
Sample 2007 Issues (TOC only)
Locus December 2007
Locus November 2007
Locus October 2007

Sample Articles
Joe R. Lansdale: Little Horrors
Kelly Link: The Uses of Boredom
John Scalzi: Color in the World
Archives
1974 – current
File 770
– Mike Glyer
Website
efanzinescom-mike-glyer-file-770-20080701
http://www.efanzines.com/File770/
Sample 2007 Issues
File 770 #151, October 2007 [pdf]
File 770 #150, June 2007 [pdf]
File 770 #149, March 2007 [pdf]
Archives
1978 – current

john-scalzi

About
A Brief Biography of John Scalzi
Out of This World: John Scalzi by James R. Winter

James R. Winter: Last year, you won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. This year, you’re up for a Hugo Award for Best Fan Writer. We always hear it’s an honor to be nominated, but does the attention ever get overwhelming?

John Scalzi: Not generally. Fame in a literary genre is not comparable to actual, genuine fame, the sort where you can’t go to the grocery store without people staring. In order to get any sort of attention, I have to go somewhere where science-fiction fans hang out, like a convention. I get a couple of days of people being happy I’m around, and then I go back home. It’s single-serving-size fame, basically. I think that’s doable; I’m not sure I’d want to be any more “famous” than that.

As for the awards themselves, they’re nice, and I don’t want to pretend that they can’t be useful to one’s career — particularly a Hugo, if you’re a science-fiction writer. But I also think worrying about awards is a fine way to mess with your own head. In any event, winning awards is not the right way to win a reputation as a writer; writing books that people want to read is.

[continued]

Writings

The Scalzi Creative Sampler

Blog
http://scalzi.com/whatever
Sample Art
winterwolf Winter Wolf
buildbetterdragon Building a Better Dragon
parkingorbit
Parking Orbit
Website
jabberwocky-graphix-the-art-of-brad-w-foster-and-more-20080704
http://www.jabberwockygraphix.com/
Mary Robinette Kowal [2nd year of eligibility]
Sample Works from 2006, 2007
emrah_cello For Solo Cello, op.12
And more from Mary’s official free fiction sampler
Website
mary-robinette-kowal-website
http://www.maryrobinettekowal.com/
Blog
http://www.maryrobinettekowal.com/journal/
Excerpt from entry My Take on Elevator Pitches:

I’ll start by saying that I learned about elevator pitches from booking theater shows, so an agent or editor might tell you that I’m totally wrong. This is not a “how-to.” This is just my theory on elevator pitches.

As I understand it, the term “elevator pitch” comes from the idea that you should be able to sum up your novel in the ride between floors at a convention. You might only share the elevator for one floor, so the shorter the better.

Think of the elevator pitch as verbal cover art. In an ideal world, it should be attention grabbing, give them a sense of the type of the book, and — most importantly — make them want to know more.

[continued]

More links
Jon Armstrong interviews Mary Robinette Kowal
The Yiddish Policeman’s Union – Michael Chabon

Excerpt
Chapter One excerpt at USA Today
Hard Copy
Amazon.com
More Links

Borders Book Club Feature Video, complete with separate chapters such as: “The Story Behind The Yiddish Policeman’s Union“, “The Imaginary Metropolis of Sitka”, “Ditching the First Draft”, and more.

Bootleg eBook Preview: Shadow Unit

There are pictures under the cut, yes.

Shadow Unit is damn good horror/science fiction/fantasy combined with the gritty reality of real spycraft a la Sandbaggers—or, if you’re more up-to-date, Queen & Country. And so, like with many things I love these days, I wanted it on my Kindle to look at whenever I want (among other things, the Kindle has increased the amount that I re-read). There were complications of course.

Shadow Unit is an odd serial work: the kind that can only arise in a hyperlinked environment like the web. Its structure isn’t just a linear story. For example, there are hidden easter egg links that take you to “deleted” scenes, extra story bites, back story, even character sketches. There’s even a PDF script book somewhere in there.

In other words, Shadow Unit not something you can just straight-out textify without losing a vital part of its personality.

One thing that the MobiPocket format is especially good at is capturing a super-linked work—in particular because it’s based off of HTML with some extensions, and also is essentially a directory archive that can store separate image files and HTML text, all zipped up together. This is perfect for, say, reference works that live and die on the index, or anthologies of stories; something like Shadow Unit fits right in.

So I decided to create a “bootleg” eBook for Shadow Unit and distribute it for free—and naturally DRM-free. The final copy will be ready by Sunday, I think. It’s mostly ready right now, but I have some kinks to work out.

Don’t worry, I’m not violating copyright; the creators—Elizabeth Bear, Emma Bull, Sarah Monette, Will Shetterly, Amanda Downum, and Stephan Shipman are using the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial license. As long as I’m not selling it and I provide attribution to them, it’s alright. I’m also going to be using the same license.

There is an extra addendum to not alter the prose, which I also complied with.

Among the things I learned during this process:

  • eBooks take some thought to lay out professionally, even if you’re just aping it like me. Which makes sense, since digital “printing” is still printing, just with different considerations and angles;
  • putting together an eBook that draws even somewhat heavily on linking is even tougher than just a normal eBook like I did yesterday;
  • making the Shadow Unit eBook is a bit like putting together a TV show DVD, with so many fussy details and extras to get right.

I think I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again: I have lots of respect for publishers.

But anyways, on with the current features—and pictures!—below the cut.

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2008 Hugo Awards Countdown: The Sites and Blogs Behind the Fiction – Short Stories

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One thing I miss on the Hugo nominee lists are links to the websites and, in many cases, blogs of the writers responsible for these works. As a blogger I admit I’m prejudiced in that direction.

So I’ve decided to start compiling all that information together, along with summaries and quotes where applicable so that anyone late to the party can pick and choose from the smorgasbord of fantasy and science fiction reading goodness.

I also think this is a useful look at the websites and blogs of great writers—useful for those of us who hope to use our blog to enhance and promote our writing.

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